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Florida International fires Isiah Thomas — and the Knicks need a coach

Welcome to unemployment, Isiah Thomas. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

Why it’s their former coach and president, Isiah Thomas, who is once again free to pursue another NBA job after bombing out at Florida International University.

Thomas was fired Friday afternoon following three disappointing seasons in Miami. Under the former NBA All-Star, the Golden Panthers went 26-65 and never won more than 11 games in a season.

His move to FIU following his ouster from the Knicks surprised many, but it provided the embattled coach a fresh start, and gave a fledgling program better known for a football brawl added attention. FIU director of sports and entertainment Pete Garcia said the school has “decided to take the program in a different direction.”

In December, spoke with Washington Post reporter Amy Shipley about his turbulent tenure in New York.

“I’m the guy who looks at the mountain and says, ‘I want to climb that.’ To me, winning an NBA championship in New York is the biggest challenge in sports. It’s a challenge that I think people like me, who have that gene, want to take. But that’s not to say that’s the only challenge in play.”

It’s also a challenge former Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni couldn’t handle.

So what do you say, Knicks fans? Are you ready to give Isiah a shot at redemption?

(Of course, you’re not.)

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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